The Gordon group synthesizes chemicals for vapor deposition of metals, semiconductors, superconductors and insulators. The chemical reaction mechanisms are studied, along with thorough chemical, structural, electrical, optical and mechanical characterization of the materials. Their applications to nanoelectronics, solar cells and energy storage are pursued in collaboration with researchers around the world.
Development of novel precursors and materials for future Earth-abundant thin-film solar cells by vapor deposition.
Flow batteries are a promising new technology for energy storage on the electric grid. In charge mode, the system can store excess electricity from the grid in the form of fuel. In Flow batteries are a promising new technology for energy storage on the electric grid. In charge mode, the system can store excess electricity from the grid in the form of fuel. In discharge mode, the fuel can be used to produce electricity when the grid requires additional power.
Research of CuIn1-xGaxSe2 (CIGS, p-type) solar cells for clean energy generation. CdS is usually used as an n-type buffer layer (left panel); however, non-toxic material is required, such as ZnSnO, for environmental issues (right panel).
Structure of SnS-based solar cell consisting of a Zn(O,S) buffer layer between the absorber and window layers to help reduce interface recombination.
Surfactant Catalyzed Bottom-up Filling of CVD-Cu in 18nm Trenc.